Sunday, October 16, 2016

DIY Family Matching Game

In 2014 I decided that I was going to DIY a lot of the Christmas gifts for the kiddos... I had more time on my hands back then...

I realized though that I never shared one of my favorite projects that the boys still play with today... a DIY Family Matching Game!!! 

I lightly sanded down the circles to make sure that they were completely smooth and safe for little fingers and painted both sides of the disks.

I used a 2" circle punch to cut out photos of family member and glued them to each circle. 

Next, I used Mod Podge to seal the photos to the wooden disks.

And there you have it a simple and creative gift for the kiddos to play with. They love turning around those disks and seeing family members on the backs!

Here are some old photos that I found of Hunter playing with the game when he just got it!

Maybe I'll have time to be creative again in 2017!!!!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Favorite Things Friday

There have been so many things that have caught my eye since the last time I did a Favorite things Friday... Which was a LONG time ago! I've been collecting memorable items on the blog here...

First Aid Kit from Target - $5.99 -- This thing is ADORABLE and I need it in my car! Oh and the cute Band-aides that match (Here and here)

These super cute bunk beds...  With a third boy on the way I'm starting to brainstorm how we are all going to fit! Maybe bunk beds are the key???

I think that this DIY Hanging Clothing Rack is a simple solution for a laundry room.

THIS ROOM - I just die! I LOVE all of the fabrics/patterns mixed but I would never be bold enough

Each year I look forward to the One-Room Challenge and this Laundry room has me drooling. Literally all of the spaces are amazing though and I HIGHLY recommend that you grab a cup of coffee and visit each blog that was involved!

We are teaching Gibson the alphabet and these little cards will be a perfect addition to our playroom!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Most Amazing Banana Bread

Today I want to share the most AMAZING banana bread recipe! The secret is to ROAST your bananas ahead of time!

  • 4 Large Bananas
  • 2 Tablespoons + 1/2 Cup (1 Stick) unsalted Butter, Melted & Cooled 
  • 2 Cups all-purpose Flour 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda 
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt 
  •  1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar 
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar 
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract 
  • 1 Large Eggs, Beaten  

Preheat oven to 400 and place UNPEELED Bananas on a baking sheet.  

Roast for 15 minutes, remove, and let cool.  Adjust your oven temperature to 350.

While my bananas are roasting I organize all of my other ingredients

 Once Bananas are cooled peel and place roasted bananas in a large mixing bowl and mash

To the bananas, add the sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, 1/2 Cup of melted butter,  and the eggs

 Whisk together

 In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt

Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture, and stir until just combined. 

Now I decided to make muffins but you can also make bread. If making bread use a pastry brush and your remaining butter to butter your loaf pan so that the bread will not stick! 

For bread- Bake for 45-55 minutes at 350
For Muffins - Bake for 30 minutes at 350

Monday, October 3, 2016

October 2016 Goals

Lots of carry overs from last month... let's see what I actually manage to get accomplished!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Goodbye September

Bottom Line Up Front... I didn't do too amazing with my goals for the month of September. I was on the road for 12 days out of the month with work and well just didn't manage to get everything done... Maybe I should just add all my shortfalls to January or February and just give up until then... nah, that's not me...
Here is the rundown of how I did...
Celebrate Hunter's Birthday- SUCCESS
I was home to celebrate with Hunter for Breakfast on his actual birthday and we celebrated with friends and some family, the following Saturday, with a fun MONSTER BASH... I failed to take a SINGLE photo of the party! So friends if you took any... please send my way.
Back to School - SUCCESS
All three kiddos are currently enrolled in school. Emma is loving her 7th grade year, so far, and theater is currently her favorite subject. The boys are both enrolled in the same pre-school and they go 5 days a week from 9-1. Gibson has had some potty regression since starting but that is just a work in progress.
Work out 3 times a week - HAHA FAIL
I always feel like on work trips I'm going to have more of a chance to work out but with time changes and the fact that I cannot take a sleeping pill I find myself with NO energy to work out because I don't sleep very well.
Blog 7 times - FAIL
Only did 5 posts, if you also count this one... I actually planned 12 but... that obviously didn't happen.
Purge 100 Items - SUCCESS
Thanks to ThredUp this was an easy tasking! I finally went through about 10 bins of baby girls clothes and purged any items that were not smocked dresses to hand down, should Emma have a girl one day... I'm giving up on my dreams for another one... and should we be so lucky she can get new clothes.
Clean out room for Baby Lincoln - SUCCESS
The Crib isn't up or anything and were are no where NEAR having this room fully set but it is cleaned out and I'm currently using it as a little office. I'm in there for a bit each night working on things for Birch Event and Design.
Make a coffee table - FAIL
I have about half of the materials needed for the table but just haven't had the time to really take this on. What we need to do is hire a babysitter for one Saturday and just really tackle this project... wishful thinking
Buy a new entry way light - SUCCESS 
Purchased and currently in the office. Cannot wait to get it installed and to share photos on here.

Figure out bedding for Baby Lincoln - FAIL
I know that we are going to go with a gray nautical theme but still on the fence regarding making our own round crib bedding or finding someone else on etsy to do it for us.
Return Tile to Home Depot- FAIL
I thought that I would get to this last weekend but time just ran out. This WILL get done this weekend though!!!

Tomorrow I will share my goals for the month of October. I'm going to try to keep it realistic considering I will be away from home 16 days!!!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Which Light???

I've been wanting to replace our entry light for about two years now and since it is on the old Monthly Goals list I better hurry up and get it done... See what I did there??? I put it on the list so I would HAVE to get a new light...

But I cannot make up my mind! Which one do I pick????

PLEASE PLEASE leave a comment and let me know your 1st and 2nd picks! I'm going to buy one of these on Friday!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Hunter is FOUR!!!

I cannot believe that my little guy is FOUR today! time has just flown by!

It seems like we were bringing him home from the hospital just a few months ago!

I was lucky enough to be home this morning to get the little man up, Surprise him with yummy Birthday pancakes, and take him to school. I was suppose to already be away on another work trip but the start time was delayed by a few hours so I was able to see this little guy on his birthday!!!!

Before bed last night, I was a hot mess with tears in my eyes while tucking him in. My emotional and observant son immediately noticed that I was a little sad and he asked what was wrong... and I told him that Mommy was just thinking that this was the last time that I would be putting him to sleep as a three year old and that he would never be three again... BIG MISTAKE! He started crying hysterically saying that he wanted to stay his age and that he wasn't going to go to sleep. After about twenty more minutes and three more books he was finally calm and ready for bed... he probably milked that a little but I was happy to sit criss-cross apple sauce on the floor in their room with my two little guys snuggled on my lap. It was also a reminder that my belly is growing and that soon we probably will not be able to sit like that... #allthemomtears ... Who cares about bed times in those moments! 

Some Birthday Monsters came by for a visit last night and decorated his door. Also, Elmo, Olaf, and a few other friends were on hand this morning for a birthday surprise... The balloons that they brought along were a HUGE hit!

So happy that I was able to celebrate this morning and I cannot wait for Hunter's Monster Party on Saturday!